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GHS9014B: Global Mental Health System Innovation”

In January 2017, Global MINDS launched a new transdisciplinary graduate seminar course, “Global Mental Health System Innovation” at Western University, through the MMASc in Global Health Systems program.

This community-based experiential course joins student teams with community partners to create a disruptive soolution to a complex mental health system challenge proposed by a community partner. In 2017, the students partnered with organizations in London, Ontario, Canada. In 2019, the students partnered with community initaitive in Machakos, Kenya.

The Students' Journey

A day in the life of a Student Social Innovator includes:

Students engage in our Social Innovation System Cycle, and in tandem, participate in targeted sessions and assessments aimed at developing system leadership and professional capacity (e.g. pitching, cultural humility, and collective impact). In addition, students engage in regular mindfulness practice to foster both: an intentional practice of embracing uncertainty, and understanding failure for growth; and compassion and authenticity, including a profound acceptance of, and connection to, the self, team and community.

Ultimately students will recognize their potential as a dynamic agent in a diverse global community, while acknowledging, challenging and changing the limitations of their own worldviews.


“This course is one of the greatest learning experiences I have had in my life. The combination between learning something in class and then actively applying it with a community partner was an unparalleled experience! ”

- Graduate Seminar Student, 2017

Disruptive Final Solutions Pitch:

The course concludes with a Disruptive Solutions Final Pitch Event, where student teams "pitch" their final solution for their community partner’s complex challenge to an audience of over 50 individuals from Western University and the London community!

Our 2019 Disruptive Solutions Final Pitch Event occurs on April 4th, 2019 from 9:00am - 12:00pm in UC 3110 Conron Hall! If you'd like to join and celebrate these students as system leaders and social innovators, please email Raksha Sule:


Disruptive Solutions Pitch

Students & Faculty at the 2017 Disruptive Final Solutions Pitch Event (above)